TEC 140 OTA Safe Handling Aid


Mar 22, 2005

 


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#7106 Mar 22, 2005

The 140 tube assembly is a snug fit in the Scopeguard case. To ease

inserting and removing it from the case, as well as general

handling, I have made up a handle that is installed between the two

center holes in the top surface of the TEC rings. This handle

should also provide a safe means of holding the scope when

installing and removing it from my still to arrive mount.



My handle was bent out of 1/8" x 1" stainless steel bar stock. I

made it low profile enough so it does not need to be removed to

install the scope in the Scopeguard case, but does provide barely

adequate finger room between the handle and the tube assembly. It

is mounted using 1/4 x 20 by 1/2" stainless steel Allen head bolts.



If making something similar for your scope WATCH THE BOLT LENGTH.

The two center holes on the top of the rings are in the thinnest

part of the top flat surface and are drilled and tapped all of the

way through. Use of bolts that are too long can damage the scope

tube. I used 1/2" long bolts without any problems. However

another, supposedly the same dimension, bolt checked was long enough

so that it could have dimpled the tube if used.



Rich Wood



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